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May 04, 2016

Opinion: Why a Breast-Cancer Activist Hates Charity Walks

The executive director of advocacy group Breast Cancer Action raises questions in The Washington Post about the finances of the popular springtime fundraising walks put on by groups like Susan G. Komen and the Avon Foundation.

Karuna Jaggar, an outspoken critic of “pinkwashing” by corporations involved with major breast-cancer charities, says the multiday events are expensive to put on and that the sponsoring groups don’t specify how much of the tens of millions of dollars they collect annually goes into the events themselves.

“I’ve seen these walks become larger, shinier, and more closely tied to their corporate sponsors,” she writes. “That bloat is bad for supporters and those with cancer alike.”